UDI deputy Benavente said that “there was no time that he (Allende) was insulted” and that “historical facts of his government were pointed out and therefore, that is an honor.”
A series of incidents occurred within the Chamber of Deputies in the context of the tribute to the former president and former deputy Salvador Allende.
The incidents that occurred when the deputy of the Independent Democratic Union UDI, Gustavo Benavente, spoke for his party, where he began to describe a series of events that occurred before the 1973 Coup d’état, which It understood as irrelevant. in tribute.
The intervention interrupted at least four times by the president of the Chamber, Ricardo Cifuentes, who warned him and ended up condoning the right-wing parliamentarian. This led to the suspension of the session, and thus the honoring of Salvador Allende.
In addition, and while the aforementioned was happening, the representative of the People’s Party, Gaspar Rivas, left his seat and approached the stage with a sign in his hand. On the flag you can see the photos of the former leader of Popular Unity and the dictator Augusto Pinochet. With the poster in hand, Rivas called for the debate to stop focusing on these characters from the recent history of Chile.
When the session was suspended, Gustavo Benavente commented that “they did not allow us to finish a speech that even they (on the left) knew how it ended, just to name the immutable facts of history.”
Similarly, he assured that “at no time was he (Allende) insulted” and that “only the historical facts of his government were pointed out and therefore, that is an honor.”
“The tribute can emphasize lights and shadows, because that’s what people are, people with lights and shadows and we are not angels and infallible beings.”
Note that due to the censorship implemented by the Chamber board, Benavente will see his salary reduced by 4% (about 224 thousand pesos), while Gaspar Rivas received a fine of 1% (56 thousand pesos).